National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month! Join us in this nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact!

NBDP MonthEach January, CDC works with partners to raise awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy pregnancy. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects. Thanks to ongoing medical advancements, children born with birth defects are living longer. These children and their families still need help. They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life. Awareness is key.

What can you do?

Use #1in33

  • Share your story, and encourage families to share their stories! Parents and others can create an original picture or a video about birth defects and post on social media tagged with #1in33


Make a PACT and Share It

  • Encourage parents-to-be to make a PACT for birth defects prevention or make a PACT yourself by taking the following steps: Plan ahead, Avoid harmful substances, Choose a healthy lifestyle, and Talk to your healthcare provider. Social media users can also create an original PACT picture or video and post with #LivingMyPACT


Look for More Ideas Coming Soon!

  • CDC will share new ideas for participation in Birth Defects Prevention Month in the upcoming weeks. Check out our website to see what’s new
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